American scripture :making the Declaration of Independence /Pauline Maier.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-319229

Description

xxi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm, Historian Maier shows us the Declaration as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation. It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be. She describes the transformation of the Second Continental Congress into a national government, unlike anything that preceded or followed it. She lets us hear the voice of the people as revealed in other "declarations" of 1776. Detective-like, she discloses the origins of key ideas and phrases in the Declaration and unravels the complex story of its drafting and of the group-editing job which angered Thomas Jefferson. She also reveals what happened after the signing and celebration: how it was largely forgotten and then revived to buttress political arguments of the nineteenth century; and how Abraham Lincoln ensured its persistence as a living force in American society.--From publisher description.

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Descriptive Terms

Declaration of Independence (United States)
Declaration of Independence
Politics and government
Onafhankelijkheidsverklaringen.
Geschichte.
Vorgeschichte.
Politics and government 1775-1783.
Politique et gouvernement 1775-1783.
Politique et gouvernement 1775-1783 (Révolution)
Unabhängigkeitserklärung.

Originator

Maier, Pauline, 1938-2013.

Contents

Introduction: Gathering at the Shrine -- Ch. I. Independence. 1. Congress. 2. Independence? 3. Common Sense. 4. A Republic? 5. Decision -- Ch. II. The "Other" Declarations of Independence. 1. In English Ways. 2. Mobilizing the People. 3. Declaring Independence. 4. Founding a Republic -- Ch. III. Mr. Jefferson and His Editors. 1. The Drafting Committee. 2. Jefferson's Draft: The Charges Against the King. 3. Jefferson's Draft: A Revolutionary Manifesto. 4. Congress's Declaration -- Ch. IV. American Scripture. 1. Spreading the News. 2. An All-But-Forgotten Testament. 3. A Partisan Document. 4. Sacred Text. 5. Equality and Rights -- Epilogue: Reflecting at the Memorials -- App. A. State and Local Declarations of Independence, A Log: April-July 1776 -- App. B. Local Resolutions on Independence: Some Examples -- App. C. The Declaration of Independence: The Jefferson Draft with Congress's Editorial Changes.

Publication

New York :

Description

xxi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Historian Maier shows us the Declaration as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation. It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be. She describes the transformation of the Second Continental Congress into a national government, unlike anything that preceded or followed it. She lets us hear the voice of the people as revealed in other "declarations" of 1776. Detective-like, she discloses the origins of key ideas and phrases in the Declaration and unravels the complex story of its drafting and of the group-editing job which angered Thomas Jefferson. She also reveals what happened after the signing and celebration: how it was largely forgotten and then revived to buttress political arguments of the nineteenth century; and how Abraham Lincoln ensured its persistence as a living force in American society.--From publisher description.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-285) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

0679454926
9780679454922

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.211

Other People and Orgs

United States.
USA.

Places

United States
United States.
États-Unis
USA

Edition

1st ed.